The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has begged politicians in Kogi to give peace a chance for a peaceful, successful and credible governorship election on Nov. 11.
The INEC made the appeal during a one-day stakeholders meeting on Tuesday in Lokoja.
Yakubu, who was represented by the National Commissioner supervising Kogi, Kwara and Niger States, Prof. Sani Adam, affirmed that getting a leader for the state was very important toward its progress.
“Therefore, you must play to the rules of the game as mature and good politicians that you are, to help us conduct a peaceful, successful and credible election come Nov. 11.
“We, in INEC, are fully ready for the conduct of the governorship election, but we need your cooperation and support by being obedient to the rules and regulations guiding elections in the country.
“President Bola Tinubu is keenly behind us to see that all go well in the off-cycle elections in Kogi, Imo and Bayelsa states come Saturday, Nov. 11.
“It’s our belief that there is a sharp difference to the past. Indeed, with your cooperation and support, the best candidate will emerge victorious since God is the one that gives power,” he recapped.
The INEC Chairman also called on the electorate to come out en masse and vote as the security operatives have given the commission all assurances of adequate security for peaceful conduct of the election.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Bethrand Onuoha, also assured residents of adequate security before, during and after the election.
Onuoha warned trouble makers, especially political thugs, not to try anything funny as regard the election as “security operatives are battle ready to deal with them”.
“In elections, you don’t use matches and guns to force people to give you votes. Such people will meet the wrath of the law.
“What we want in Kogi is a peaceful and successful election. Therefore, politicians must play according to the rules of the game or be dealt with.